Robeson Addresses House Committee…(voice Over)

In the Video above Paul Robeson a Civil Rights Activist, Lawyer, Singer and much more tes­ti­fies before the House Un-American com­mit­tee.
Many young peo­ple liv­ing today may not have an under­stand­ing or even the knowl­edge of the para­noia which was per­va­sive across America as it relates to Communism.
Today Presidential Candidate Vermont Senator can run for the pres­i­den­cy as a Democratic Socialist and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez can win a seat in the Congress as a social­ist but it was­n’t always so.
In fact, just two decades ago no Democrat want­ed to be labeled a lib­er­al much less a social­ist.
It was in this tox­ic envi­ron­ment of fear and para­noia that Paul Robeson was answer­ing ques­tions from that house com­mit­tee of white men hos­tile to com­mu­nism and hos­tile to mis­ter Robeson based on the col­or of his skin.
It was in that envi­ron­ment that Joesph McCarthy became the tip of the spear of the com­mu­nist para­noia.

According to [History​.com] dur­ing the late 1940s and ear­ly 1950s, the prospect of com­mu­nist sub­ver­sion at home and abroad seemed fright­en­ing­ly real to many peo­ple in the United States. These fears came to define – and, in some cas­es, cor­rode – the era’s polit­i­cal cul­ture. For many Americans, the most endur­ing sym­bol of this “Red Scare” was Republican Senator Joseph R. McCarthy of Wisconsin. Senator McCarthy spent almost five years try­ing in vain to expose com­mu­nists and oth­er left-wing “loy­al­ty risks” in the U.S. gov­ern­ment. In the hyper-sus­pi­cious atmos­phere of the Cold War, insin­u­a­tions of dis­loy­al­ty were enough to con­vince many Americans that their gov­ern­ment was packed with trai­tors and spies. McCarthy’s accu­sa­tions were so intim­i­dat­ing that few peo­ple dared to speak out against him. It was not until he attacked the Army in 1954 that his actions earned him the cen­sure of the U.S. Senate.